The Airlift officially ended on 30 September 1949, fifteen months after its protracted beginnings in June 1948.
Operation Plain Fare . The Berlin blockade. Sunderland Flying Boat
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Subject: "The Airlift carries on!"
Listen for the airmen singing "I've Got Sixpence", and the single spoken line in the entire piece: "You are cleear to take off...".
Oh and it was "passed" by the British Board of Film Censors.
The mission was originally called, " LeMay's coal and food delivery" , but was renamed by the Americans, " Operation Vittles" and by the British, "operation Plaindafe" .
When this was accomplished they together hauled 2.3million tons with 277,685 flights.
The 3 major Americans involved were, Major general Curtis E. LeMay, Brigadier General Joseph Smith and Major General William H. Tunner (willy the whip) The single greatest day was, Easter Sunday 17 april 1949 ,13000 tons including the equivalent of 600 railroad cars of coal were delivered. 75% of all materials were flown in U.S. aircraft. 30 American servicemen and 1 civilian lost their lives in 12 crashes.
Subject: That's Air Commodore R.N.Waite (Rex Waite)
Subject: What a fantastic effort to help western berliners. And for the Jewish people, few years before ?
Subject: MORE COWBELL
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